Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Announcing auditions for Anna in the Tropics

Director Shannon Sabel has announced auditions for Anna in the Tropics, the fourth staged reading of the 2011-2012 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The Pulitzer Prize-winning script is by Nilo Cruz.

Auditions will be held 7-10 p.m. on Sunday, February 19 and Monday, February 20 at Civic Theatre's office, 313 N. 5th Street, in downtown Lafayette.

Those auditioning are asked to arrive at the beginning of the audition time and stay as long as possible. They will be asked to read from the script.

The director seeks seven Latino and Latina actors (4 male, 3 female) of various ages to cast the roles.

Anna in the Tropics is a poignant and poetic play set in Florida in 1929 in a Cuban-American cigar factory, where cigars are still rolled by hand and "lectors" are employed to educate and entertain the workers. The arrival of a new lector is a cause for celebration, but when he begins to read aloud from "Anna Karenina," he unwittingly becomes a catalyst in the lives of his avid listeners, for whom Tolstoy, the tropics and the American dream prove a volatile combination.

The staged reading of Anna in the Tropics will take place Tuesday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. There will be a question-and-answer session between the audience, cast and director immediately following the reading. Audience members are encouraged to pay what they can for admission.

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